Saying Goodbye to America at a Florida Georgia Line and Nelly Concert

In one sense, this is a story about Dan Wham. Dan Wham deals with “all of the real estate in Delaware.” Dan Wham likes “all types of music.” Dan Wham splits a cab with me and my girlfriend after Florida Georgia Line and Nelly headline the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey on a Saturday night in June. He takes us to a bar in … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to America at a Florida Georgia Line and Nelly Concert

Up and Down with Danny Brown and His New Documentary ‘Live at the Majestic’

Danny Brown, as he tends to do in his music, moves through different registers in the span of a sentence. He settles into a low drawl when he tries to explain an idea and rises to an ecstatic, high-pitched cackle without warning. He speeds up and finds a rhythm and rattles off his thoughts before exhausting himself and slowing his tempo back down, his voice … Continue reading Up and Down with Danny Brown and His New Documentary ‘Live at the Majestic’

Sticky post

The Darkness Want to Be Rockstars Again

It’s 9 AM on a bright, frigid October morning in Greenwich, South East London, and a Thames Clipper river bus is floating gently down the water, past St John’s Wharf, carrying a few dozen bemused commuters to Waterloo. At the front of the boat, with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf glistening in the background, The Darkness, once Britain’s biggest rock band, are playing “One Way … Continue reading The Darkness Want to Be Rockstars Again

The Story of Steven Universe: TV’s Smartest Cartoon

Rebecca Sugar has been building new worlds for as long as she can remember. As a kid growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, she and her younger brother Steven would draw out fantasy stories. Inspired by Zelda games and Yoshi’s Island, as well as hours spent on the household Nintendo 64, the two nascent artists drew “fairies and forest adventures and glowing ethereal beings”. For Rebecca, it felt like … Continue reading The Story of Steven Universe: TV’s Smartest Cartoon

Sticky post

The Woman Who Shares a Body with 14 Different Artists

Patricia sits on a wooden chair in the sunlit ground-floor of the Zebra One gallery in Hampstead, London. Gucci spectacles are buried into her straw-red hair, which falls down as far as the shoulders of her powder blue coat. She points to a painting that’s standing on the floor. This one, she explains, is the work of Ria Pratt. It’s one of the four paintings … Continue reading The Woman Who Shares a Body with 14 Different Artists

Nicholas Krgovich’s ‘In an Open Field’ Is Very Chill and Kinda Scary

It’s lunchtime and Nicholas Krgovich has consumed nothing but coffee today. He wrestles a mint-flavored toothpick around his mouth with his tongue and looks out of the window towards the damp South London side-street, the garbage piled up in the gutter and the young mothers pushing strollers past it. “I like being in a big city where everyone’s just doing their thing,” the 35-year-old says. … Continue reading Nicholas Krgovich’s ‘In an Open Field’ Is Very Chill and Kinda Scary

Shannon & the Clams’ ‘Onion’ Is Joyful, Grief-Stricken

When Shannon Shaw and Cody Blanchard of Shannon & the Clams sat down, separately, to write songs for their band’s fifth LP in October 2016, they felt compelled to interrogate themselves. Shaw had always treated songwriting as a form of problem-solving, a way to separate herself from an issue and analyze it from a distance. But now, after years of avoiding it, she had started … Continue reading Shannon & the Clams’ ‘Onion’ Is Joyful, Grief-Stricken

Wharfer’s Kyle Wall Falls Backwards in Time on ‘The Road Dissolved the View’

The first three songs on The Road Dissolved the View, Kyle Wall’s fourth LP as Wharfer, are a study in frustrated claustrophobia. Over a desolate piano, a thrumming organ, then a gentle guitar, he meanders east and west to Dublin, Alabama, and New York. He drawls about animals as omens: hound dogs in the road, a scorpion, a white wolf, a goblin in his bed. He … Continue reading Wharfer’s Kyle Wall Falls Backwards in Time on ‘The Road Dissolved the View’

Sam Ray Knows What Heaven Feels Like

[First published at Noisey] Sam Ray spent Christmas in Florida with his wife, Kitty, and her family. He sent some tweets about how nice the holidays were. Kitty’s stepmom got her a hoodie with Sam’s face on it; there were a few small dogs to hang out with. On New Year’s Eve, the 27-year-old remembered what things were like two years ago, when he’d impulsively flown to Los … Continue reading Sam Ray Knows What Heaven Feels Like

Denmark’s Hygge Aesthetic Is Comfy, Cozy, and Complicit With the Rise of Xenophobic Populism

This winter, in preparation for what looks to be a terrifying year, millions of people traumatized by the ceaseless death and social turmoil of 2016 have decided to crawl back into the womb. Their return to fetal bliss is an Instagram-ready remake of the second half of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, complete with knitted sweaters, “adult” coloring books, and copious cups of calming teas. … Continue reading Denmark’s Hygge Aesthetic Is Comfy, Cozy, and Complicit With the Rise of Xenophobic Populism

Manchester Orchestra Know That Winter Is Coming

“I’m looking at my daughter and going, ‘You are so perfect and innocent but, eventually, life is going to happen to you. And there’s nothing I can do about that.’” Andy Hull says this with the same combination of sincerity and absurdism that he says most things, both on and off his records. He’s sitting next to his brother-in-law and long-time collaborator in Manchester Orchestra, … Continue reading Manchester Orchestra Know That Winter Is Coming

Sticky post

The Art Rock Rebellion of Torres

During Torres’s set at Brooklyn Steel in May, Mackenzie Scott seemed possessed. At the top of every crescendo, her voice spiralled out into a wild grunt or wail; she attacked her guitar like it was an industrial tool. She closed her set that night with “Strange Hellos,” a vengeful song of ominous non-apologies, a one-sided argument backed by clattering grunge guitars. She towered over the … Continue reading The Art Rock Rebellion of Torres